Monday, July 30, 2007

Thank You, Marty Kaplan: The Only Thing We Have to Fear...

Marty Kaplan, writing in The Huffington Post, hits the Current Occupant's fear-mongering right on the button. We're terrible at risk assessment, he points out, and the sad fact is that another terrorist attack is, sooner or later, inevitable. What matters is what we do afterwards.

No matter what happens next in Iraq, something terrible is going to happen in America.

This is not defeatism. It is facing reality. [...]

Is there any doubt that the Bush administration, and its dead-ender allies in the Republican Party and the media, will use an act of domestic terrorism as a fresh opportunity to further demonize their political opponents and further compromise the Constitution? Will they truly be able to resist the temptations of martial law, emergency powers, and the phony prerogatives of the unitary executive in wartime? [...] When the unthinkable happens to us again, will the politicians who pissed away the unity following 9/11 in the sands of Iraq have the moral wherewithal to remind us that no matter how grief-stricken we may be, the sky has not fallen and the republic has not failed?

If I could manage to be smarter about risk than I usually am, I would worry less about the possibility of terrorism, and more about the probability that the same chickenhawks who exploited it before to sell us on war without end, will exploit it again to sing the virtues of temporary fascism.

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